Goa’s Mollem Gets A Blow With Clearance Of 140 Hectares Of Forests For Railway Project

by Tania Tarafdar
by Tania Tarafdar871

Goa’s biodiversity hotspot is in grave threat after the centre approved the clearance of 140 hectares of forests for the railway project. The locals in the area have been protesting and leaving no stone unturned to save Mollem and other biodiversity hotspots. However, all their efforts have gone in vain as the centre gave a green signal to clear the forests.

South Goa’s Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary &  Mollem National Park Gets A Blow

Save Mollem Forest: Goans Protest Against The Coal Project Threatening Biodiversity. THE UNION Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change granted clearances for the diversion of 140 hectares of forest land for the development of South Western Railway’s double-tracking project. Despite the protests by environmentalists and locals, South Goa’s Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary and the Mollem National Park will suffer a devastating blow.


Double-Tracking Railway Will Cause Large-Scale Destruction Of Forest Land

Earlier, the MoEF granted approval or a stage-1 clearance of 120 hectares of forest land for a double-tracking railway between Castlerock railway station in North Karnataka to Kulem railway station in South Goa. They also issued two other clearances for the diversion of 1.90 hectares of private forest and 15.6 hectares of forest land for the railway project.

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Environmentalists Are Opposing The Linear Projects

Environmentalists have been opposing three linear projects as they would lead to large-scale destruction of forests in the Western Ghats. Clearly, the centre gave no benefits to the locals and only aimed at accelerating the transport of coal from the Mormugao Port Trust to Karnataka.

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Biodiversity is at threat and we must come together to save nature.

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